Born in Essex, ON. in 1915 Maxwell was married to Margaret and they were living at 13 Grand Ave. East, Chatham when he enlisted with the Kent Regt. as a Private 3/08/1940.
Went overseas on loan to the British Army as a Lieutenant. He was promoted to the rank of Captain while serving with the British 2nd Army in Holland. He was attached to the Queen’s Own Rifles.
Through his training Pte. Baker must have show promise. In 1942 he was a Sergeant when he was home on leave before rejoing the Kents in British Columbia.
He was commissioned a Lieutenant and sent to England under the “CAN LOAN” plan to serve in the Imperial Army, with the Queen’s Own Rifles. He rose to the rank of Captain with the British 2nd Army serving in Holland. In January of 1945 he was awarded the Military Cross “for leadership” at Paarlo on the Roer River in Germany. He was wounded in action twice. Capt Baker was discharged from service 8/11/1945.